The largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America returns for its 13th annual edition! Premiering 26 features and 16 shorts across 10 days, JAPAN CUTS 2019 offers access to the best new films from Japan never-before-seen in NYC. Take a deep dive into one of the world’s most vital film cultures with a diverse slate of studio blockbusters, cutting-edge indies, thought-provoking documentaries, rediscovered classics and avant-garde short works. Plus, appearances by special guest filmmakers and stars, post-screening Q&As, parties, talks, free events and more!

"A comprehensive snapshot of one of the world’s most exciting national cinemas—it’s the closest you can get to Japan without actually going there."



3-FILM PASS: Purchase tickets for at least 3 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket! (Offer not valid for the July 19 screening of Dance With Me or the July 24 screening of Killing.)


Shinya Tsukamoto, Hiroshi Okuyama, and Eun-kyung Shim are among the many guest directors, stars, and more joining us this year.

Meet This Year's Special Guests →

Film Descriptions & Schedule in Japanese (PDF) // 上映会スケジュールと作品情報 (日本語PDF)


Friday, July 19

Saturday, July 20

Sunday, July 21

Monday, July 22

Tuesday, July 23

Wednesday, July 24

    • Killing


      Wednesday, July 24, 2019
      Sold Out

Thursday, July 25

Friday, July 26

Saturday, July 27

Sunday, July 28

*Unless otherwise noted, all films are presented digitally, in Japanese with English subtitles.

JAPAN CUTS is subsidized by J-LOD, funding from The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.

JAPAN CUTS is sponsored by Shiseido Americas and Sapporo U.S.A., Inc.

Special thanks to Dentsu Aegis Network.

Additional support is provided by The Globus Family and Masu Hiroshi Masuyama.

Transportation is generously supported by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Film Programs at Japan Society.

Japan Society Film's Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and Gaia Holistic Health Foundation/Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura-Hillyer.

Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masu Hiroshi Masuyama, Geoff and Fumi Matters, James Read Levy, David S. Howe, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Laurel Gonsalves, David Toberisky, and Hiroshi Tsuyuki and Yasuko Tsuyuki.

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